Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
When I was in John Lewis the other day, I came across a FIMO bead roller machine. Of course, I had to buy it and when I got back from my shopping spree had a go at making some beads. I used Sculpey clay as my base and also tried some Claydium (air or oven bake). Once I had made them I brushed them with a few different Moonglow mica powders before I baked them (15 minutes at 130C) - not forgetting to put a hole through with a wooden cocktail stick before doing so !
These are my first attempts and I must admit it's a bit addictive when you get going. I will be doing more I think after this trial so watch this space !
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Well here it is at last ! My July entry into a CJ being run on UK Stampers Forum. This CJ was originated by Chicken Licken (Tasha). She chose the colour green and also her chosen stamp was a bottle. I searched my mind for ideas and finally came up with this theme. Why not do a little hamlet called 'Bottleton-on-the-Marsh' and make little houses of the bottles?, I thought !
Once satisfactorily applied a small flying bird trio stamp from Crafty Individuals was inked in vintage sepia Versafine and applied randomly into the sky area. I thought about adding some blue in the sky but thought it would detract from the overall green effect - blue was definately out. Some little grass clumps were added by hand as a final touch using Marvey le Plume II pen in pine green (fine end).
Monday, July 27, 2009
Here is a little box I have decorated for an altered swap over on UK Stampers Forum. The brief was to use something which had grown from the earth or in the sea and to turn it into a piece of art for swapping.
I had collected a piece of very lichen covered deadwood from under some trees ages ago and this has sat in my hall waiting to be used ! I had a plain box which is 8cm long x 6cm wide x 3cm deep. I painted it in a pale green semi-gloss acrylic all over and allowed to dry. I then used a couple of rubber stamps from Crafty Individuals (one a single bird and the other a branch with birds) in eden green Stazon on the top, 3 sides and all sides of the base of the box. Once dry I sprayed desert moon gecko green Glitz Spritz generously on all surfaces and allowed this to dry naturally. Once dry I added tiny blobs of pink Pearly Doodles dimensional paint to represent blossom on the leaves and branches on the top only. The words 'far and away' were stamped on the top of the lid in black Stazon. The mica shine does not show very well on the shots unfortunately, but they are quite shiny !
I then stamped 3 birds eggs (PaperArtsy) in vintage sepia and used a waterbrush and Marvey le Plume II pens to colour the eggs in green, blue and brown. Once dry I applied Versamark from the pen and heat embossed them with clear detail EP. I then trimmed them out carefully.
I wanted to make a leafy background and on a piece of beige paper stamped a leaf stamp (Crafty Individuals) onto a background made with Distress inks in pine needles, shabby shutters and peeled paint. Three of the leaves were trimmed out for decoration. The background was stuck in place with double sided tape.
I broke my twig into useable sized pieces and stuck these in place with clear silicone glue, arranging them to suit. The eggs and leaves were then shaped and also applied the same way to provide a 3D effect..........loosely resembling a birds nest ! I am quite pleased with the effect overall and its great to use natural pieces in your artwork too.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Here is yet another tag made for the Sunday Challenge on UK Stampers Forum. This weeks challenge was 'V' for vintage and this is what I did.
The tag was cut from gunmetal grey cardstock with a silver fleck. A text stamp from PaperArtsy was stamped as the background in black Stazon. A Lace stamp (Tanda) was inked with starlight silver Versafine and stamped across the bottom of the tag. A border stamp (Green Pepper Press) was inked in moonlight white Versafine and stamped on the left hand border of the tag.
The main image is the girl through the keyhole (Cherry Pie) and this was stamped on gold card in onyx black versafine and the eyes and mouth coloured with Marvey le Plume II pens as shown. I used a waterbrush to do this. This was cut out and edged in black.
A piece of wide dark beige grosgrain ribbon was rubbed over with raisin Adirondack inkpad and dried with the heatgun. The ribbon was trimmed on the diagonal at one end. The V was crafted from a chipboard letter which was coated in layers of Marvey le Plume ink and dried. This was then overstamped with the same text stamp in black Stazon and subsequently re inked with Versamark and heat embossed with claret EP. I also stamped the fabric flower with the same text stamp and black Stazon.
Hope you like it :-)
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Here is my entry for the TMTA challenge this week. The theme is 'Moon' so I decided to go a little 'Blue'. Background is grey & silver mottled card. Stamps are by PaperArtsy and A Stamp In The Hand inked with black Stazon & starlite silver, pearlescent sky blue Brilliance. The alphas are Making Memories magnetic heat embossed with Versamark and Moon Glow madonna robe blue gold EP. The moon is coloured with Marvey le Plume II pen.
Hope you like it :-)
This is my 'F' is for Face Tag completed as a challenge over on UK Stampers Forum. The background was a grungy pale map and this was overstamped with a diamond stamp from Cherry Pie in vintage sepia Versafine. A few fine swirls were added with an unknown stamp inked with Adirondack oregano ink. The main image (Cherry Pie) was stamped on oyster card with onyx black Versafine ink and carefully cut out. The alphas were from PaperArtsy and were stamped on oyster card with black Versafine and coloured with ochre Marvey le Plume II pen. The tag and the alpha plate were then edged with dark brown Chalk ink.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Here is my 'T' for Time tag done for the weekly challenge set by Efemera (Gail) on UK Stampers Forum. This time I decided to use masks and distess inks for the background. I cut the tag from plain cream cardstock and then applied Distress inks with cut'n'dry foam over Tim Holtz masks from the time sheet. I used dusty concord, tea dye, & aged mahogony on the body of the tag and black soot on the edges.
I then used a polka dot stamp from Tanda Stamps and stamped in versamark and heat embossed with pink EP bottom left. Finally a hole was cut with the crop-a-dile and a pink eyelet set. A purple satin tassel was then tied through the hole to finish. Most materials are available from The Artistic Stamper.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This is my entry for this weeks TMTA challenge. All rubber stamps are from a plate from A Time To Stamp with colours from Distress inks and Adirondacks with some Stazon too !! I used a waterbrush also.
Hope you like it :-)
Here are my three ATC for this months challenge over on UK Stampers Forum. 'Acetate' was the theme. The first two (from the left) have acetate overlays which have been heat embossed with white EP. The last one has been stamped with stazon and painted with metallics from behind.
Hope you like them :-)
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Only called 'Man in the Mirror' because I am reflected, complete with camera in the mirror on this shot of a decorated mirror I made today at a class at Paddy's Stamping Place in Prestwich - Manchester.
Our host and very talented crafter was Neet Hickson, who was very patient and an excellent tutor during the all-day session.
Had a fantastic day and really achieved a lot thanks to Paddy and Neet who are both stars !! All materials except the mirror are available at Paddy's too !
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Here is a little ATC I did using stamps from Crafty Individuals. They were stamped on a magenta background in various Stazon, Versafine & Brilliance inks with some being highlighted with Glossy Accents.
Hope you like it :-)
Monday, July 06, 2009
This is one of nine 4 x 4 inch squares made from a single 12 x 12 sheet of backing paper which I have altered as part of a swap over on UK Stampers Forum.
We all have loads of 12 x 12 inch papers (don't we !!) so this is an ideal way to use some of that stuff that has been sat there for ages and that will NEVER get used as it is. This way, at least you can disguise what you have and then use it as a mat or on other projects.
The background print on the paper I used was a fairly small overall Victorian design in coffee on white. I have used a circle foam stamp and metallic paints in silver, old gold and copper which have been stamped randomly and unevenly over the whole sheet and allowed to dry thoroughly. The paper has been cut to size and then each piece stamped with Versafine vintage sepia with a PaperArtsy weather stamp covered in chocolate embossing powder and heat embossed with the heat gun. The field of sky stamp (A Stamp In The Hand) was then used to add some texture to the top left of the square with dark brown chalk ink. The same ink was used to edge each piece to finish.
Hope you like it :-)
Sunday, July 05, 2009
I took a piece of brown card, cut to shape, applied loads of gold peeloffs in a random fashion layering them over each other. Then I coloured with Alcohol Inks in butterscotch, ginger, terra cotta & cranberry. I inked up a dragonfly stamp with black Stazon and stamped this several times on top of the peel-offs (not easy to see in the pic). The U is a chipboard letter applied on foam pads over a mat made of gold card with a diamond heat embossed design in brown, a piece of torn print and a black material flower with button centre to embellish the mat.
Saturday, July 04, 2009
It's July 4th, so to celebrate Independance Day in the USA I crafted a little ATC I entitled 'Stars & Stripes'.
Simple Adirondack dye ink in red pepper & stream applied in stripes with cut'n'dry foam to a marbled white base card cut to size. The stamp is one from Third Coast Stamps and the central image was stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with detail silver embossing powder using a heat gun. Parts of the stamp were then inked with the Adirondacks in the same colours and some of the stars in the images inked in using opaque white Sakura Gelly Roll pen. The ATC was edged with silver Krylon pen.
Here's wishing all my friends in the USA a great celebration on the day !
That is it.....hope you like it !
Thursday, July 02, 2009